Georges Bataille

Georges Bataille (jôrj bətī, –bätī), 1897–1962, French writer. Bataille was the founding editor of the journal Critique (1946). Strongly influenced by Nietzsche, he focuses on extreme states of consciousness (violence and eroticism) as forms of mediation between nature and culture. He presents his ideas in his critical essay Literature and Evil (1957, tr. 1973) and the novel Story of the Eye (1949, tr. 1987), among other works.

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Georges Bataille: Selected full-text books and articles

On Nietzsche By Georges Bataille; Bruce Boone Paragon House, 1994
Manet By Georges Bataille; Austryn Wainhouse; James Emmons Albert Skira, 1955
Literary Polemics: Bataille, Sartre, Valéry, Breton By Suzanne Guerlac Stanford University Press, 1997
Haunting Transcendence: The Strategy of Ghosts in Bataille and Breton By Johnson, Kendall Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 45, No. 3, Fall 1999
Reconfigurations: Critical Theory and General Economy By Arkady Plotnitsky University Press of Florida, 1993
Librarian's tip: Includes "The Maze of Taste: On Bataille, Derrida, and Kant"
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